J. W.

Graphic Designer and Creative Director

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Experience: 20 Years
Location: St. Louis, MO

Overview

I started my freelance design studio, The Happy Medium, in 2010, so clients could access design expertise without jumping through hoops so often present in the agency atmosphere. It is possible to have a direct interaction with the creative force behind the concepts. Because of this connection, outcomes at The Happy Medium are vibrant and truly collaborative.

For small businesses or start-ups, often design with real-world experience is out of reach. But The Happy Medium strives to create the right project for each budget. No need to sacrifice meaningful communication to be easy on the purse strings. High-quality design is within reach.

Experience

The Happy Medium: freelance graphic design
Owner/Creative Director
2010-present

I strive to create the best possible design solutions for my clients no matter what their size or challenge. With extensive experience creating strong identities, vibrant websites, and dynamic presentations, I have worked with start-ups creating their logos and marketing materials as well as managing the design of identity systems and marketing campaigns for large corporations with a myriad of products. My portfolio also features website planning and design, interactive presentation design and creation of information graphics for social media promotion. Some highlights include:

• Managed the design and layout of the Ameren employee bi-monthly print newsletter in since mid-2011. Currently designing the layout of the web and mobile friendly version of this layout.
• Created monthly infographics for CompareCards for social media outreach based on content provided by client and copywriters.
• Built a dynamic and engaging identity, website and promotional materials for a non-profit fundraising consultant.
• Collaborated with the pastor of Webster Hills United Methodist Church to create compelling sermon series graphics for social media and website outreach.
• Supported a software development start-up with logo and preliminary website design.

Fister, Inc.
Art Director
1999-2010

While employed at Fister, I excelled at logo design, website planning and design, interactive presentation design and design for all variations of marketing materials. I also was responsible for managing multi-faceted projects for large corporate clients with multiple products in a wide variety of fields. These included identity system design and management, direct mail and email campaigns and design and planning of all components of the online presence.

Color Associates Creative
Designer
1996-1999

Began my professional career immersed in large scale graphic design for trade shows and exhibits. Gained in-depth knowledge of communicating ideas on a grand scale as well as details about the technical tricks of the trade.

Agencies I've Worked For

Pitch Note Creative
Jager Boston
Fister Inc.
Color Associates Creative

Education / Qualifications

Missouri State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Illustration
1991-1996
Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Skills

Adobe Creative SuiteBanner Ad DesignBrochure DesignBusiness Card DesigneBook DesignIllustration
InfographicsInformation designLogo DesignMicrosoft PowerPointMicrosoft WordPoster Design
Presentation DesignSocial Media MarketingTrade Show Exhibition DesignWeb designSignage Design

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Kimberly Jenne

United Methodist minister

Nov 3rd 2015
J. W. is a collaborative and creative partner. She listens deeply to your communication and business needs and strives to deliver a design or creative solution that addresses those needs while elevating your expectations at the same time. I could not more highly recommend her as a designer and business partner.
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Cindy Grubenhoff

Fundraising Strategist at In the Know, LLC

Nov 11th 2015
J. is an asset to anyone looking to brand their business. I know I can count on her for well executed design concepts with a wide range of appeal. She provides exceptional results for a reasonable price, and each project is delivered on time and on budget. She’s a real pleasure to work with!
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